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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 868
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 06-23-2011

Imperial Blonde Ale

O.G. 1.085
76.92 IBU
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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 868
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this for my parents anniversary. As in, I got it so that I can have an excuse to be piss-drunk on such a special occasion. Poured into a Williamsburg Winery red wine glass.

A: Has a slightly reddish copper color reminiscent of an IIPA, along with a one-finger, near-white head. While it's not particularly sexy by itself, it has decent retention and it leave plenty of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The nose on this is very tropical. Grapefruit, apricot, mango, whatever citrus fruit you can think of inhabits the nose quite beautifully. There's a little bit of maltiness as well.

T: To me, the taste is primarily IPA, albeit one that's malty, well-balanced, sweet, and pleasantly bitter on the back end. The sweetness of the amber malts open up the body nicely, while the lingering bitterness, though not on the same level of a typical Stone offering (not necessarily a bad thing), is quite pleasant overall. 8.9% ABV? Who the hell are you fooling, Lagunitas?

M: Smooth but slightly syrupy as one would expect from an IPA, and a finish that's a bit sticky and bitter, but as I said, not in the same way a Stone IPA is. Carbonation is moderate.

O: Let's be honest, this fits the winter months in the same way Tim Curry (present-era Tim Curry, by the way, not the sexy bombshell we remember from Rocky Horror Picture Show) fits into a speedo. And while it's more IPA than impy blonde to me, it's still an incredibly enjoyable, almost world-class brew that was a great value to boot ($5 for this?! HELL YES). Get it while you still can!

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear reddish amber pour. Decent off-white head but great retention and lacing.

S: Smells like an IPA or a hoppy amber. Strong citrus smell (grapefruit, orange, mango), some resin. A little banana? Hard to tell if that's part of the malt or not. Gotta be some simcoe in here, distinctive smell (or similar) Maybe a little bit of bready malt and brown sugar? Mostly overpowered by the hops.

T: Also tastes mostly like a good hop-forward IPA with maybe a bit of extra malt backbone. Strong citrus hop bite that follows the nose. Some resin in the middle and in the aftertaste. Malt is bready and brown sugar I think.

M: Pretty heavy, accentuated by low carbonation. Hops are bitter and stick around well.

O: Pretty pleased with this. Basically like drinking a big DIPA with a stronger malt base. Strong hops, good balance, smells and looks delicious. Definitely a winner. I'll have to try to find the brunette version to compare.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.69 Clear and darkish golden beer with a huge,thick and frothy off white head. Extremely pungent hop aromas,resiny and deeply herbal..some caramel malts also appear. Taste is well balanced with a huge chewy caramel/toffee malt presense and an equally terrific dank resiny hop over load..a titanic clash!..hops win in the end though. Ok on the palate..the two immense competitors meld well. A good beer but not one of Lagunitas best.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Crisp, slightly hazy golden with short cap of off-white head with numerous tails of lacing.

S: Big piney resinous and orange-lemon citrus hoppy aroma with mild pale malty background. Not sure what style this is, but altbier would not be in my top 5 options.

T: Huge piney hops blast with a slightly sweet pale maltiness as the initial hops flavors recede. The aftertaste is a bit of orange glazed cookie.

M: Very active carbonation, a little too active, but this still drinks pretty easily with a pleasant crispness despite the girth of the 8.9%.

O: I liked this beer, although I would put it in the lower half of Lagunitas beers. I couldn't judge this to style because I'm not really sure altbier, blonde ale, or any style really fits this brew. American pale ale probably fits best (but not at 8.9), but, nonetheless, this is another solid offering.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into ommegang glass. Pours a slight amber brown copper color with a slight amount of head. Lots of lacing.
Smells of crazy citrus and fruit hops and caramel malts. Taste is fruity citrus and mango hops with slight malty sweetness. Its not as complex as I hoped but still tasty. Although I'd compare it more towards a malty DIPA.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a hint of gold. Head is relatively light and disappates somewhat quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Mouthfeel is ok. Smell is heavy hops despite just a 60 IBU. Sweeter malts and sugars help enhance the hoppy flavor which I get mostly spices from. Citrus is present maybe from grapefruit.

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant brass under thick cream that leaves spotty bits of lace on the glass. Heavy, deep hop aroma...dank, herbal, pine sap, sugary grapefruit, juicy orange, pineapple, and overripe fruit along with a fairly hefty sticky caramel and honey base. Thick hoppiness continues into the flavor, though things seem a little "greener". Sticky, sweet fruity hops with an almost toasty malt presence. Dark citrus and bread. Medium-plus body with a textured mouthfeel and ending pretty bitter.

Not my favorite Lagunitas brew overall, but it fits into their portfolio quite well. A good hoppy strong ale (their M.O.), though personally it's a little too sticky to want more than one.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours light copper, clear, f;uffy white foam. Funky pine nose. Not sure how to describe this. Malty with a firm but not overpowering hop.But persistent in the aftertaste. Kind of a steam beer taste. Clean and bitter if that is possible.

Not great. Honestly, I think this beer made me a little sick.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie brought this one out on beer night a couple weeks back. Good times man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Clear dark amber or burnt orange in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades ti a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Some lacing remains.

SMELL: Very hoppy nose on this one. Pale malts and honeydew melon up front, with lots of citra hop aromas. Piney qualities and light soapy notes. Cascade makes an appearance as well, with some nice melon and pineapple notes.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness with some butterscotch up front. Plenty of hops after the swallow, with caramel, toffee, lemon citrus and floral bitterness lingering in the bolder aftertaste. Plenty flavorful with some nice hop qualities in there, though the flavor doesn't quite match the melon and piney nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Decent feel.

OVERALL: This was a really nice brew. The nose and flavor don't really match here, as the hop aromas advertise a totally different ride, but that's not to say the ride itself wasn't an enjoyable one. A beer I'd defintely drink again. Thanks again for sharing Doops!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: pours a bright clear golden with reddish tints, thin white head, decent lacing

S: smells features huge earthy malts along with tea leaf, molasses, bark, and a little bit of caramel. This is all malt, no notable hop character coming through.

T: rich and malty from start to finish, things start off earthy and become a bit sweet, lots of molasses and hints of maple as well. The end gets a touch bitter, but the bitterness does not cut through all of the sweetness.

MF: thick body with mellow carbonation

O: I didn't realize this brew was different than the Mondo Red Ale when I purchased it. This .alt version isn't quite as tasty. It is a little on the sweet side for my liking.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Clear golden and auburn with a big, thick, and persistent off-white head. Lots of sticky spiderweb lacing down the glass.

A very sweet aroma consisting of orange and pineapple citrus, along with bready, caramel, and toffee sweetness.

Very sweet and syrupy. Citrus hops and lots of caramel and toffee sweetness, though the sweetness has a stinging, syrupy bite to it. Low bitterness.

Medium bodied and ample carbonation, though a bit syrupy and heavy.

A decent and inexpensive strong ale, but this ale seems remarkably similar to their Maximus DIPA, which is not one of my favorites.

For what it's worth, I remember enjoying this on tap a lot more than this bottled version.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite hoppy with a solid malt presence. Lots of tropical citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Also a light whiff of earthy, spicy hops. Solid hints of bready malts with good hints of biscuit and caramel. This is very forward with the citrus fruits.

Taste: Like the smell, a big and bold taste of citrus fruits along with a solid bready malt backing. Bitter and ripe citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange, apricot, and lemon. Light taste of earthy hops. Citrus is dominate here. Good bready malt taste with some biscuit and caramel. Pretty juicy and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feeling body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: Another very solid brew from Lagunitas. Very good citrus hop taste.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber colored with 3 fingers of off white head.

S - The first thing I smelled was light citrus, mostly grapefruit. I also got some biscuity malt.

T - I get light grapefruit with a pine finish. Some bready malt comes through in the middle.

M - Medium

O - It seems like the more I drink the hops fade and the biscuit comes through. It's like an imperial pale ale.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet bready malts with lots of citrus and pine hops, and some candied tropical fruits.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus and tropical fruit hops with some candied grapefruit and strong bitterness alongside some sweet malts. Through the middle, some more sweet bready malts come through with some resiny pine hop and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malt, candied tropical fruits and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. A pretty different American Strong Ale with some nice fruity flavors that belnd in and feel balanced.

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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in early June from Total Wine for $3.99. Bomber received at TW on 5-30-12. Am assuming this was bottled in May.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving a foamy lacing behind.

Nose is fresh citrus hops.

Taste is bready and pilsner malts with citrus hops finishing strong.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty good DAPA.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Caramel in color with a good 1/2 head and ok retention

Smell: Super sweet almost candy or bubble gum like with some caramel on the backend

Taste: Very malty upfront with some toffee and a bit of alcohol. Not very well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to high carbonation with a bit of an alcohol sting

Overall: Honestly I'm not a fan of this beer. I find it a bit rough around the edges and hard to drink. Not recommended

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, toffee sweetness, hints of fruit

T-heavy malt presence, sweet toffee, plums, a very mild hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent strong ale, but needs a little more balance for me

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured out a pure, crystal clear gold color, with a whopping 2-3 finger dense solid white head that clung to the glass as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Wowsers... candi sugar hop bomz r'us for sure! It smelled very much like a melted "Astro Pop" with a bit of citrus added.

T: Very hoppy, full, and quite decadent, with the hops leading the way, but much more sugar in the middle, and a slap of grapefruit at the end. It sort of reminded me of Stone's "Double Bastard." Fresh and delicious!

M: This might be too sweet for some people, but hell, this IS an "American Strong Ale!" The bitterness added just the right counterpoint to the sugar and the carbonation was just spritzy enough without being too. The lacing was a sight to behold!

O: Not many breweries do these West Coast-style hop bombs like Lagunitas.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got firkin’ lucky with this one.

(That is, I got Lucky 13 on firkin. At the beer sanctuary.)

This poured a copper-caramel color with amazing foam retention. Seriously! The cap of foam held its shape even after 15 minutes. Impressive.

The aroma come across like a sweet malt smack with a slightly dank fist of resiny hops.

As I taste it I find there’s a pronounced bitterness which contrasts with the malty sweetness. Like a barleywine or scotch ale I get a long, lingering finish, some piney hops, a bitter peak, and lots of malt sweetness. I liked it.

Updated from the bottle:

This pours a deep hued amber with light foam.
I find aromas of orange and orange marmalade, orange peel, and a sweet caramel note rounding it out.
I taste a lot of orange and citrus hops, defined by a midpoint bitterness and held together by a pleasant caramel malt character. There’s a malty sweet finish. A beer big enough for the hop head in me, but malty enough for those who shy from the lupulin.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this one this afternoon with schmittymack. Poured a nice golden color with a good finger or two of fluffy white foam. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and maybe mango. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of pineapple, honey and light malt with a linger bitter finish.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a beer mug.

Note: This should NOT be reviewed as an altbier, as it is a "Blonde version” of Lucky 13. The ".alt" is is actually an obscure reference to alt.* newsgroups of the past.

Anyway, as a strong blonde ale this beer pours well, sporting a rustic copper-brass color and a well-retained cap of spittle-white head. Can't knock Lagunitas for consistency, although all their beers smell nearly the same in terms of hop profile. Mango fruit, pineapple, and banana in the nose with a drowned-out presence of pale malt.

Compared to regular Lucky 13, the .alt version is smoother and, well, blonde-r. Piny burst of tropical fruits tastes like every other Lagunitas beer, and the malts do their best to add a sweet, caramel-rich background. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a low carbonation level. Lucky 13.alt is more of the same from this Sonoma brewery--a hop-forward, fruity sweet, high ABV beer that you'd have a hard time picking out of their lineup.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mildly sweet, malt nose. Light, spicy, orange hops; hops aroma is subtle at first; more evident as the beer warms. The sweet malty and grainy aroma envelops the more subtle hops at times.

Orange zest and medium, resiny bitterness emerge on the palate. The carbonation is soft, and the clear, honey-copper brew maintains a thin, foamy head nearly ten minutes after being poured. The soft carbonation, wisely calibrated hops, and clean, medium-light (particularly for an 8+% beer) malt body make for an easy drinking beverage with some classic Lagunitas flavor.

It also continues Lagunitas' tradition of being able to finesse rather voluptuous beers into very slim-fitting attire. I suppose, given the label, such an analogy is appropriate. As the beer gets fully warm, its bosoms begin to spill out a little. But the Blonde cannot be faulted for that.

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Photo of rarbring
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber brew with a warm high off-white head leaving good lacing, and nice curtains.

Smelling weakly of toffee, fudge, butter scotch, almonds, nuts and some Sherry.

Tasting sweet brown bread, toffee, almond candy and then bitter grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft, smooth and oily, a good body and a dry finish.

A real craft brew, Lagunitas always delivers!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear orange golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering
S - pine and grapefruit citrus ,light spiciness with some candy aromas
T - grapefruit and piney hops are big but balanced with a caramel and slightly nutty malt backbone
M - medium creamy and sticky body, lower carbonation with a warm ABV heat and hop bitterness
O - extremely drinkable in spite of big flavours, warms the insides and makes me smile

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Photo of Burt
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Yellow orange cloudy, with a thick off white head the dispersed slowly and some thick lacing.

Nice pine smell with some malt.

Pine and citrus up front with a little sweetness in the middle then a nice shot of bitterness at the end.

Very surprised at this beer, nice hop profile and the bitterness is great. Never knew an alt. could taste like this.

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Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.